SSL awarded follow-on DARPA contract

SSL aims to develop designs, processes and business terms to carry smaller 
spacecraft on its GEO satellite bus as part of the DARPA Phoenix program 
PALO ALTO, CA, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading 
provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it has been selected 
to develop designs, processes and business terms for carrying small science 
and technology missions to space on its geostationary (GEO) satellite platform. 
Under phase two of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) 
Phoenix program, SSL intends to detail the design and implementation processes 
for affordable delivery of small spacecraft beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The 
goal of the revolutionary Phoenix program is to enable cost-effective 
repurposing of serviceable space hardware that is already on orbit. The 
capability that SSL is developing for Phoenix is also expected to enable other 
future operational, science and technology space missions. 
"The innovative Phoenix program is paving the way for more affordable and 
sustainable access to space," said John Celli, president of SSL. "DARPA's 
vision and commitment to this capability could open the door to many other 
small satellite missions, enabled by frequent access to space on the SSL 1300 
SSL regularly works with a broad range of commercial satellite operators and 
has experience putting small government missions onto commercial spacecraft in 
order to reduce costs for both parties. SSL intends to work with both its 
commercial customers and DARPA to facilitate this type of arrangement for the 
implementation of the Phoenix program. 
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SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, has a long history of delivering reliable satellites 
and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the 
world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works 
closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of 
services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, 
broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Billions of people around the 
world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit 
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